The Necessity of Green Skills in Ireland, 2023

Embracing a Sustainable Future

As the world grapples with climate change, Ireland in 2024 stands at a pivotal moment. The transition to a green economy is not just an environmental imperative but an economic and social one as well. This shift necessitates a surge in ‘green skills’ – competencies specifically tailored to support environmentally sustainable practices.

The Green Skills Gap

Ireland, like many nations, faces a significant skills gap in this arena. The rapid growth in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green construction, and waste management demands a workforce well-versed in these areas. However, the current education and training systems have yet to catch up with the industry’s needs, leaving a noticeable gap in expertise.

Economic and Environmental Benefits

Investing in green skills is a win-win for Ireland. It promises not only to bolster the fight against climate change but also to drive economic growth. The green sector is rapidly expanding, and by nurturing a skilled workforce, Ireland can position itself at the forefront of this global shift. Job creation in green industries also presents an opportunity to combat unemployment, particularly in rural areas.

Education: The Way Forward

To address this, a collaborative approach involving government, educational institutions, and industry is essential. A range of new programmes are being developed by SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards (ETBs), in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Irish Water, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Regional Skills Fora. These courses are under the umbrella of “Skills to Advance” and will provide highly subsidised relevant training for employers and employees. To find out more, contact your local ETB.